What he could have been

What he could have been
TNP talks to the hero of the riots that the press has been looking for.

The call

SINGAPORE - It was one of his rare visits to Little india in the 10 years he has been working in singapore.

Mr Thangavel Govindarasu, 38, was happily enjoying his curry dinner at a Dunlop Street restaurant.

It was to be one of the construction worker's last moments of peace that day.

What followed minutes later was the Little India riot.

Then, in less than a week, he went from the heat of a riot to the intense glare of the media.

He found himself under intense scrutiny from a hero-hungry media last night after he called the Tamil Murasu newspaper claiming to be the good Samaritan seen in a video trying to calm rioters last Sunday.

The word spread. Twitter feeds and even some news sites declared that the hero of the video had been found.

But as the minutes of the interview ticked away, I began to feel a nagging sense of doubt.

Was this really the hero?

Mr Govindarasu insisted, at the beginning, that he was, indeed, the man in the video. But there was no one to verify his claim.

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